Consommation de compléments nutritionnels et à base de plantes par des étudiants de l’enseignement supérieur au Qatar

Translated title of the contribution: Herbal and nutritional supplement use among college students in Qatar

R. Mamtani, S. Cheema*, B. MacRae, H. Alrouh, T. Lopez, M. ElHajj, Z. Mahfoud

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There is increasing demand for herbal and nutritional supplements in the Middle East. This study aimed to examine the use of supplements by college students in Qatar and to elucidate users’ views about them. A total of 419 college students completed a self-administered questionnaire. Almost half of the respondents (49.6%) had used supplements (ever users), with 32.7% reporting using them in the previous 6 months (current users). Of the latter, 27.7% had used herbal supplements, 56.2% vitamins and minerals and 56.9% non-vitamin, non-mineral, non-herbal supplements. Many participants considered supplements to be safer and more effective than conventional medicines. Supplements were preferred over conventional medicines for the treatment of digestive conditions and common respiratory ailments and for weight management. Educating health-care providers about the benefits and risks of supplements is imperative and will enable health-care practitioners to guide patients in making informed decisions about supplement use.

Translated title of the contributionHerbal and nutritional supplement use among college students in Qatar
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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